All dreams have died, along the way
I coughed up the price, I bought a cage
I've had a hell of a time since I went away
Don't know when I died, or where to lay down

Gone, gone away
Yeah gone, gone away

God knows I've tried, I'm dyed in pain
Strong yet simple drive, the freedom to say
I've had a hell of a time since I went away
Homing on traces of light, that distance fades

Yeah I'm gone, gone away
Yeah I'm gone, gone away

So they say with time, we slowly heal
I caught a flash of your smile, through the fog of a dream
I'll have a hell of a time, I clearly see
I can't be by your side, I'll see you when I sleep

Now you're gone? gone away
Yeah you're gone? gone away

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  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is either about his mother or his girlfriend that left him.
    I don't think it's about Layne because this was written before his death and it would disrespectful to say he was "gone" when he hadn't even died yet.
    OddlyReasonableon June 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's possible it was about layne, in part at least. but the song was probably already recorded while layne was still alive.
    Allanon_TWBon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcantrell actually wrote the lyrics to this song about four years ago while he was on tour with metallica....the song is about his old girlfriend courteney clarke....the last verse especially....
    WorstPosterEveron September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah. Quite a few of Jerry's songs are about her, indeed.
    aldeayeahon March 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment wondering am I if song 'She Was My Girl' be about this Courtney?
    JumpyJackon December 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA great deal of Jerry's songs are about Courtney. In fact most of the songs that have a character besides him in it, is probably about Courtney. She was his one true love.
    Redsand187on December 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song...i dont really know too much about the relationships and lives of the members of alice in chains all i know is jerry cantrell can write some music and some damn good lyrics to go with that music. I love how he put his own touch on the whole southern rock genre, i hear a lot of skynnard in this.
    harper83087on March 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Strong yet simple drive, the freedom to say"

    The freedom to say "stron yet simple drive"? Any idea about the meaning?

    (I have strange feeling that it's sth obvious, but english isn't my first lang. -just to make you all aware;) )
    myse1fon June 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAlso, this song could be about himself. After all, he was struggling with cocaine addiction during the time that this album was recorded.
    OddlyReasonableon June 09, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti have a good feeling that this song is about the passing of Layne Staley. "i coughed up the price, i bought a cage" the cage symbolizes heroin... which led to Staley's premature death. RIP Layne Staley
    SwornToTheBlackon August 19, 2002   Link

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